Lori Jomsky

I am truly honored to have to privilege to be a part of the 2014 LLS Man & Woman of the Year campaign supporting Christopher Wilno and the We Will Find a Cure team. We are a small group that has set a big goal. To be a part of something much bigger than ourselves is truly special.

I was first introduced to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society back in 2009 through Team in Training which is the endurance sports arm of LLS. Christopher Wilno, a long time college friend, was the coach of the marathon program and worked hard to convince me I could not only finish a marathon but that 26.2 miles would change my life. His persistence along with the cause of fighting cancer really hit home for me. Cancer, as it unfortunately does for many families, has knocked on the door of many people close to me…both friends and family. One family member in particular is my mother-in-law who was diagnosed with cancer while taking care of my then 1 year old son full-time. At the time she was told she had an extremely aggressive cancer that warranted a likewise aggressive treatment. She fought hard while never stopping to take care of my baby while I worked in my full-time career supporting my family. Her attitude, her honesty, and her strength shaped me as an early mother and I am happy to say that my mother in law is alive today……a 13 year cancer survivor.
Christopher also has a deep connection to the cause after losing his father to cancer and watching his wife fight the disease twice. His ability to take the darkest times and help people make a difference in their own lives has truly inspired me. His commitment to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and his commitment to keep fighting until a cure is found is something that comes from the bottom of his heart. It is my deepest honor to support Christopher as the Man of the Year candidate.

To date, most of my time fighting cancer has been through Team in Training. Christopher and I will actually be coaching the Fall 2014 Marathon Program where we will get to work with 100+ people as they learn what they are capable of and learn how to make a difference. This Man of the Year Campaign does not involve any races or running. It is a group of friends with hearts bigger than life that are willing to take time away from their lives to fit one more thing in to the daily chaos. We are doing this because we collectively hate cancer and we refuse to sit on the sidelines and hoping someone else will step up. This is why I am here. This is why over the next 10 weeks I’m committed to raising money to fund that next research grant.

Sarah Clark

I have worked for LLS in the Team In Training Campaign since the fall of 2011. In the fall season of 2013 I was privileged to work with Chris Wilno and Lori Jomski, where we lead over 120 marathoners to raise almost $400,000 for LLS. I was so inspired working with Chris, hearing his story, and witnessing both Lori and Chris’s leadership and passion for the LLS Mission. I just knew Chris would be the perfect candidate for the Man of the Year campaign.  I can’t imagine a better way for someone as special as Chris to honor his dad, than this.

Before I worked for LLS, I had several very special mission connections myself. I have a cousin, Matthew, who is a Leukemia Survivor. I have an Aunt Judy, who lost her battle to Leukemia. I have a very close personal friend, Bill who is a Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor. I had been raising money for LLS long before I worked here. Since becoming a TNT Campaign Manager I have been a three time participant, myself. My cousin is lucky to be alive; my Aunt is missed every minute of every day; and my friend Bill, still lives with Non-Hodgkin’s.  He is in remission today, but it is never gone. It will be back.  I am in a fight with the clock, to facilitate raising life saving dollars, so we can get it in the hands of researchers. They are going to end this forever. So Bill, and hundreds of thousands like him, no longer have cancer hanging over their heads. So no one will have to hear cancer in the same sentence as their name from a doctor. So parents don’t have to lose their children and children don’t have to lose their parents to this hateful disease.

Having the honor of being a part of Chris’ Man of the Year Campaign Team means the world to me. Having the opportunity to be a part of something as incredible and historic as this with this team of people will be something I will never forget.  I look forward to a very exciting and meaningful 10 weeks.

Javier C. Rivera

Javier’s journey with LLS began in Feb. 2008, when he trained with Team In Training (“TNT”) for the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon.  Javier joined TNT because his mother was diagnosed with Stage IV Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and we are still searching for her cure.  Coach Chris was his first TNT coach and since then Javier has completed numerous events with TNT, has earned two Triple Crown awards, participated in all four TNT programs available in the Southern California Chapter (Marathon, Triathlon, Century Ride & Hike) and has gone on to become a TNT coach as well.  Javier also serves as the Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Southern California Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Javier’s passion for TNT is only surpassed by his pursuit of finding a cure for cancer and his dedication to his family (wife: Rachael and daughter: Jasper Aylah).   The last, and potentially most important, thing to know about Javier, is that he loves pork…and especially bacon.   #WeWillFindACure #BeatCancer #BaconFTW